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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston, MA
617-223-8666
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Ranked #16 of 206 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: National Parks, Islands
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil... more » Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I cnnot think of a better way to spend a summer day than taking an inexpensive ferry ride from boston Harbor to the outer harbor/quincy Bay Islands...steeped in History and Beauty they offer the ideal relaxed joy of outdoors experience that is truly a Gift to Yourself. There are many short read books published RE: harbor islands that will give... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

When here, make time to tour the Boston Harbor Islands. If you live here and have done it, do it this spring or summer, you will love it. Safe and inexpensive ferry service is available near Long Wharf and the Aquarium. Tour Georges Island and the fort and view on the frequent reenactments. This is one of Boston's best kept... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I would highly recommend George's island. Great view of Boston and a nice ride on a warm day. Lots of open space to explore and relax in. Bring a picnic and enjoy !!!

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Nottingham, New Hampshire, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

On a hot day, the Harbor Islands are the best---a cooling boat ride, a great view of the city, and if one takes a shuttle from Georges Island, you can get on one of the best beaches around on Lovell's Island. You can also stay overnight and see the sunrise as camping is allowed on Lovell's, and some of the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Had the opportunity to take a guided tour by boat throughout the islands in Boston Harbor on a picture perfect weather day. Tour included light houses on the islands (one was even for sale to the public). You pass Long Island Head Light and Deer Island Light, Boston Light, which we were told is the oldest lighthouse station in America.... More

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Cobh, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

There are many and various areas in which one can switch off, relax within the Boston area in which I have visited at least once a year, visiting my son his wife and children, such places as the National Park in one of these, there are great activities and a sence of relaxation once one arrive in these areas, there... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We had a nice visit, but go early if you want to see more than one island. Georges Island is historical (if small), Spectacle Island is good for a longer nature hike. Make sure you take all refuse you create off the islands with you.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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511 reviews 511 reviews
322 attraction reviews
410 helpful votes 410 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Take a ferry to the islands and hike on them. Explore the remains of forts and learn about the history of the islands. View the skyline of Boston, the boats in the water and the planes overhead.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Great activity for a beautiful day outdoors. Picnic table available. Bring your own picnic as there is only a limited selection of things to buy. Go to both Spectacle and George's Island. There is a Civil War fort to explore on Georges. Great views of Boston from Spectacle.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Took the 3 hour cruise and tour of Little Brewster Island and it's lighthouse. On a perfect fall day, the view looking back at Boston from the boat was magnificent. Got to see a number of the other islands on the 45 min boat ride. The light house is the second oldest standing light in the US. Wonderful views from... More

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